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If you’re anyone who’s scoured the internet for instructions (or a diet) on how to shed a few pounds off your person, then chances are, you’ve probably come across the term “calorie deficit” and how it plays a huge role in successfully losing weight. In fact, if you’re following any of the diet trends today, then there’s also a chance that you’re already doing a calorie deficit.
But why exactly is it necessary for weight loss?
Calorie Deficit For Weight Loss
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First off, what are calories anyway? Well, calories are the units of energy that you get from eating food or drinking beverages since they get burned to give you energy. Calorie deficit happens when
When it comes to burning calories (also known as calorie expenditure), there are three main components. First is the resting energy expenditure (or REE), which refers to the calorie that your body uses whenever you’re resting to keep you alive. Then there’s the thermic effect of food, which are calories your body uses for digesting and metabolizing food. Lastly, there’s the activity energy expenditure, where your body uses calories in order to let you do exercise and non-exercise activities, from something as simple as walking to doing your routines at the gym.
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Therefore, putting fewer calories into your body than it needs to be able to support all of these three components would naturally result in a calorie deficit because there aren’t enough of them in your body. Consistently doing this to your body would then lead to what you’re trying to achieve, which is weight loss. However, you can also achieve calorie deficit by significantly increasing your physical activity levels.
On the other side of the spectrum, providing your body with more calories than it needs to support these three components would result in weight gain. In other words, this is called a calorie surplus.
To ensure fewer calories, you can limit processed foods in your diet, opt for home-cooked meals and to not drink your calories.
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